What are the best tower defense games for iOS?

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    #1Kingdom Rush

    Kingdom Rush

    Kingdom Rush is a real-time single-player tower defense game developed by Ironhide Game Studio. Published by Armor Games and originally released on July 28, 2011, it is the first of third games in the Kingdom Rush game series.

    Games

    Web, Android, Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS

    Free

    Bruce Yang
    Written on May 6, 2019
    "One of the most cartoony and best tower defence games for my iOS device. It's fun, entertaining, and although repetitive, it doesn't get old or tiring. I just started this game 3 days ago but I can totes see myself playing this in the weeks to come. It's that addicting!"
  2. 64

    #2Bloons TD 5

    Bloons TD 5

    Bloons TD 5 (Bloons Tower Defense 5) is a tower defense game developed and produced by Ninja Kiwi. Originally released on December 13th, 2011, Bloons TD 5 is the fifth installment in the Bloons Tower Defense game series.

    Games

    Android, Windows, Mac, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $2.99

    Peter Price
    Written on April 15, 2017
    "Trying to find a decent tower defense game on iOS can be a major headache. So many copy cats and lack of innovation gets a bit tedious. I thought it would be neat to have a multiplayer tower defense game. That's exactly what Bloons TD5 offers, it has the tower defense gameplay I love with new features that mix it up a lot. The biggest plus is that I can play with my friends on the go."
  3. 62

    #3Plants vs Zombies 2

    Plants vs Zombies 2

    Plants vs Zombies 2 is the sequel of the award-winning action-strategy game Plants vs Zombies. This is a free and casual adventure game offered by Electronic Arts. This is available for Android devices and iOS that requires 8.0 or later.

    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    James Medina
    Written on May 6, 2019
    "i personally prefer the first game because lets be real here, nothing can beat the original. this part 2 is fun and a good tower defence game for my iphone users, but youre totally missing out if you prefer this over the first game. not gatekeeping here, but more content doesnt always equal better game. just my 2 cents lmfao"

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that Rampart, widely regarded as the father of the tower defense video game genre, was released in 1990? Atari Games, one of the pioneers of developing video games, released the arcade game Rampart in 1990 and became a hit among arcade goers since it combined two genres of video games into one, with the game featuring both the characteristics of shoot 'em up and puzzle games. In the late 1990s and the mid-2000s, arcade games became less famous because of home video game consoles, but Rampart followed the trend and ported the game into the small video game consoles like the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), Sega Mega Drive/ Genesis and Game Boy. The console versions, which were updated to be compatible with the different controllers of different engines, were received well, particularly the Mega Drive version, which was rated 90% and was named as one of the Hyper Game Award winners by MegaTech. Wanting to pay tribute to the game's influence, it was included in the Midway Arcade Treasures compilation that can be played on PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube, and later on the Midway Arcade Origins compilation, which was ported into PS 3, Xbox 360.

  1. 60

    #4Fieldrunners 2

    Fieldrunners 2

    Fieldrunners 2 is a tower defense game developed by Subatomic Studios, LLC for iOS and Android devices. Build epic mazes out of powerful weapons to defend the world from the invading Fieldrunners!

    Games

    Android, iOS

    $2.99- with in-app purchases

    Alan Guo
    Written on April 16, 2019
    "It amazes me to no end how people like Pablo Rodriguez here can manage to comment on this page without knowing how it actually works. There's literally a platform for BOTH Android AND iOS on this page. (you can see similar comments on other solutions here saying basically the same "this is for android not ios" crap). Learn to read, people! Fieldrunners 2 is a good game and I downloaded it a couple years back and its one of the best tower defense games for iOS that I've ever played. Fun game."
  2. 59

    #5Anomaly 2

    Anomaly 2
    A sequel to the critically acclaimed Anomaly Warzone Earth. It is a hybrid of tower defense and tower offense so you'll get to play both sides of the field at some point.
    Games

    Android, iOS

    $4.99

    Rocío Olvera
    Written on May 6, 2019
    "The thing that most TD games are a missing is an opportunity to play as the rushers. It always puts you in the shoes of the defenders, Anomaly 2 changes all that with this intuitive factor of playing as an invader, sending hordes upon hordes across the roads and beating down their flimsy defenses!"
  3. 58

    #6geoDefense

    geoDefense
    geoDefense is a 2008 tower defense game created for iOS devices developed by Critical Thought Games. The geometric vector creeps are fast and intense. With 30 different maps, each its own puzzle, you'll have to work fast to keep up.
    Games

    iOS

    $1.99- With in-app purchases.

    Douglas Howard
    Written on May 3, 2017
    "GeoDefense adds a cool visual spin to the classic tower defense games you'll see on computers. With an air of technology and virtual reality, these graphics definitely add to the experience that is GeoDefense. This games goes to show you don't need super-creative monsters and designs for a great game, but simply a great idea, and some killer visual effects."
  4. 56

    #7iBomber Defense

    iBomber Defense
    iBomber Defense combines classic tower defense gameplay with the intense action and strategy of the original iBomber games. Keep enemies at bay all over the world using a variety of weapons and tactics, from rattling machine guns, explosive cannons and awesome anti-aircraft artillery.
    Games

    iOS, Windows, Mac

    $2.99

    Lawrence Johnson
    Written on March 26, 2017
    "IOS has tons of Tower defense games. I was lucky enough to try iBomber Defense today. It is very engaging. It seems that the levels are longer than I expected but this is not a bad thing. This game has elements not in other tower defense games which make it more interesting to me. "
  5. 51

    #87 Cities

    7 Cities
    7 Cities is a tower defense game developed by Neptune Interactive Inc. that willtake you back to the ages past when pirates attacked the Seven Golden Cities of the Amazon.
    Games

    iOS

    $2.99

    Luz María Zárate
    Written on April 16, 2019
    "Fun game of pirates and a good twist on the common TD genre. It runs well on my iOS device as well so no problems here."
  6. 50

    #9Plants vs Zombies

    Plants vs Zombies
    The dead have risen! Defend your home using a vast arsenal of battle and resource-producing plants against different types of zombies. Put up your defenses before they break down your door and munch on your brains!
    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Jorge Luis Paredes
    Written on May 6, 2019
    "Out of all the tower defense apps on the app store, this one is the best for me. Good ol' nostalgia during gameplay and its a good way to pass the time during those long and boring commutes to work :D"
  7. 46

    #10Defender II

    Defender II
    Defender II is a strategy game developed by Droidhen Limited. Available on iOS and Android devices, it features new elements to help you in defending against relentless and neverending enemies.
    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Vincent Weber
    Written on March 24, 2017
    "There's a ton of tower defense games for iOS, but not really any quality ones. I've been wanting to just play a tower defense in my spare time. Luckily for me, Defender II has fallen onto my phone. It's pretty fun defending my castles from the hordes of monsters."
  8. 46

    #11Tower Defense: Infinite War

    Tower Defense: Infinite War

    Tower Defense: Infinite War is a revolutionary classic defense game packed with action and strategy. You can choose between 40 different campaigns and 7 challenge maps.

    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Lawrence Fisher
    Written on July 13, 2018
    "Playing this game makes me feel like i'm playing a video game on my console instead of my iphone. It's that intense! Since i'm a person who likes to taking my time learning the ropes of a game, i've become quite a pro. At first, it may seem daunting to play but if you learn the tricks and strategize well, you'll get used to it and become addicted to the game"
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    #12Clash Royale

    Clash Royale
    Clash Royale is a real-time online PvP game that allows users to collect cards that can be used to upgrade spells, improve troops, and erect defenses. Use a wide array of cards to defeat other players in battle!
    Games

    iOS, Android, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Christopher Alexander
    Written on April 16, 2019
    "fun game. its good and runs well on my iphone."
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    #13Castle Defense

    Castle Defense

    Castle Defense is an addictive tower defense game that lets players choose between 3 classes as their hero and deploy them to the battlefield. Upgraded equipment will allow them to gain more power and easily defeat their enemies.

    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Roger Duncan
    Written on February 16, 2017
    "Castle Defense is a great tower defense game, it's called Castle Defense HD on the IOS platform. You can get upgrades, units and defensive stats added to army to keep you busy."
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    #14Metal Slug Defense

    Metal Slug Defense

    Metal Slug Defense, the legendary 2D action shooting game developed by SNK CORPORATION, returns as a tower defense and strategy game on Android and iOS devices.

    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Katherine Crawford
    Written on February 27, 2017
    "I really like Metal Slug Defense as far as defense games go. It's one of the better defense games out for the iOS if you ask me."
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    #15Defenders: TD Origins

    Defenders: TD Origins
    This game merges classic tower defense gameplay with collectible card mechanics.Your towers, spells and traps - all are the magic cards. Collect them and fuse them to make them even more powerful!
    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    George Silva
    Written on June 24, 2017
    "It's an impressive situational game overall for mobile but has some quirks. It appears the interface has some difficulty with certain devices so control may be difficult for some people to master. In addition, some levels of the game are quite buggy which can lead to further frustration. Know what you're getting before you buy it."
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    #16Evil Defenders

    Evil Defenders

    Evil Defenders is a tower defense game developed by CP Decision. It allows users to build and upgrade powerful defensive towers, use special landmarks unique to each map, and cast spells to repel enemy forces to defend their home turf against invaders.

    Games

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Jerry Mendoza
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "Evil Defenders is easily the best tower defense game I have played. While hard and time consuming, there is never a dull moment. It also has the best graphics of any tower defense I've played."
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    #17Epic War TD 2

    Epic War TD 2
    Prepare yourself to be thrown into the heat of pure tower defense battles. No gimmicks, no free-to-PAY, no paywalls - just strategy, mass destruction and epic battles.
    Games

    Android, iOS

    $2.99

    Doris Chapman
    Written on April 16, 2019
    "I'm addicted to this tower defense game since its good to play and doesnt require much effort to actually get somewhere"
  15. 31

    #18Slime vs. Mushroom2

    Slime vs. Mushroom2
    Be a wise leader of slime tribe and save your slime friends. Your mission is to defend slime village from evil mushrooms by placing different slimes with their various capabilities in the best strategic positions.
    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Laura Peterson
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "If you're looking for a tower defense game, this is a pretty good one. It's an easy game to play, but it does keep you interested. It isn't my favorite game to play, but it isn't the worst way to kill some time!"
  16. 29

    #19Tiny Guardians

    Tiny Guardians

    Tiny Guardians is a tower defense game... without towers! Summon unique guardians to defend Lunalie against various enemies as she journeys through the wilderness of Prism in search of her missing aunt, the Sorceress.

    Games

    Android, iOS

    $3.99- with in-app purchases

    Donna Collins
    Written on February 8, 2017
    "This game is so fun! I just love the cute art style. Following the story mode is very fun, I love learning about the characters."
  17. 25

    #20Radiant Defense

    Radiant Defense
    A tower defense game set in a vibrant universe invaded by countless alien hordes. Build your space fortress any way you wish, set up wide variety of weapons and traps and let the invasions begin!
    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Shreya Shah
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "Radiant Defense is definitely a good game to play on your iPhone or iPad, but it can get expensive to play, so the fun of it can wain a bit. If you are open to buying add-ons frequently, then this is a good one to try, it is challenging and well done, but definitely gets expensive and there are other tower defense games that give are fun without draining your wallet so quickly."
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    #21Tower Duel

    Tower Duel

    Tower Duel is a tower defense game with a real-time strategy pace where players simultaneously attack and defend against real players using towers and units. The mobile game for iOS and Android is developed by Forest Ring Games.

    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Brian Jensen
    Written on January 29, 2018
    "Tower Duel is a really enjoyable tower defense game I often find myself playing. I think the fact that a lot of my friends are so into it also drew me in. Tower Duel is pretty challenging. It's real time strategy and it's really competitive. You'll need to adapt and really be able to make decisions on the fly to overcome your opponents. I often meticulously go through my decks to strategize the best way to play out a winning strategy. It's a lot of fun and there seems to be endless strategies to keep me occupied with being, well, the best!"
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    #22Alien Creeps TD

    Alien Creeps TD

    Alien Creeps TD is a tower defense game for iOS and Android devices. Aliens want to invade Earth. Boom and blast those creeps with powerful towers! Mow them down with sturdy infantry units and armed heroes!

    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Lidia Nieto
    Written on May 16, 2017
    "Very addicting game. Can definitely be a great time filler and more. Reminds me of a lot of the app games I have on my Iphone now that I play when I have time here and there to fill. Definitely provides a lot more details to the game play and reasons to put more and more time into it. 50 levels can take awhile alone to play them all."
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    #23Sentinel 4: Dark Star

    Sentinel 4: Dark Star

    In the game Sentinel 4: Dark Star, you can deploy devastating towers, battle across vast landscapes and earn a wealth of upgrades as you explore the mystery of the Dark Star.

    Games

    Android, iOS

    $3.49- with in-app purchases

    Kathleen Jordan
    Written on May 1, 2017
    "If you are dying from a lack of tower defense games on the IOS market, Sentinel 4 is a great fix for a while. Its packed with loads of tasks and defending your land proves to be a never ending task. Assuming, more games are as well-thought out as this one, this could very well be a solution to this problem. "
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    #24Kingdom Rush Origins

    Kingdom Rush Origins

    Kingdom Rush Origins is a fantasy action defense game developed by Ironhide Game Studio and is the third game in the Kingdom Rush franchise.

    Games

    Android, iOS

    $2.99- with in-app purchases

    Samantha Harrison
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "Ironhide Game Studio puts out a fantasy game sure to please with its fun graphics, and all that you would expect in a Kingdom adventure. Defend you lands, and maneuver around dragons. The knights are in for many challenges and you can be part of the adventure. This is a prequel game to other Kingdom adventures and sure to please fans and make new fans out of first timers. "
  22. 16

    #25Jelly Defense

    Jelly Defense

    Join the Jelly forces and lead them to glory in this uneven and fierce fight against the invaders. Use your tactical skills to tip the scales of victory in your favor in order to save the Diploglobe and the Jelly nation from the aggressors.

    Games

    iOS

    $2.99

    Carolyn Turner
    Written on June 9, 2017
    "Do you love tower defense games? Who doesn't, right? But do you like CUTE tower defense games? Jelly Defense is about the cutest I've ever seen. If you like the tough-as-nails, military style of the genre, then this might not be the right game for you, but if you like adorable, squishy, huggable characters, then you just have to try this version of the classic game we all love so much."
  23. 14

    #26Bloons TD Battles

    Bloons TD Battles
    Bloons TD Battles lets players go head to head with other players in a battle for victory. This game is designed for multiplayer combat, featuring the ability to control bloons directly and send them charging past your opponent's defenses.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, PS4, XBOX ONE, Nintendo Switch

    Free

    Kenneth Harvey
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "The solution given is for steam and I do not have iOS so I can not say whether this is one of the best tower defense games on iOS but it is fun to play on steam."
  24. 13

    #27Kingdom Rush Frontiers

    Kingdom Rush Frontiers
    Kingdom Rush: Frontiers is a tower defense game developed by Ironhide Game Studio. Published by Armor Games on June 6, 2013, Kingdom Rush: Frontiers is the second installment in the Kingdom Rush tower defense game series.
    Games

    Android, Windows, Mac, iOS, Linux

    $1.99

    Samuel Harper
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "I was looking for a challenging, engaging tower defense game for my Iphone and Kingdom Rush Frontiers fit the bill! I can't stop playing it! The price is cheap and it's well worth it. With a great variety of enemies and bosses and a ton of different mazes, it keeps me occupied for hours!"
  25. 10

    #28Myth Defense 2: Dark Forces

    Myth Defense 2: Dark Forces

    Myth Defense 2: Dark Forces is a tower defense game developed by Smartpix Games. This version of the game allows users to be in the camp of the dark side. Gamers can build towers and traps using the tech of Orcs, Goblins, and Necromancers.

    Games

    Android, iOS, Windows

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Heather Hanson
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "This game is pretty fun and as a bonus there is a free version available so you can try it out before upgrading to the full paid version. I think the graphics are decent and it's a pretty complex tower defense game for your iOS device. I have it on my phone and it runs well. I've never had a problem with it. "
  26. 7

    #29OTTTD

    OTTTD

    Lock, load and let the gibs fly in OTTTD, a Tower Defence/RTS game with RPG elements that pits you against some of the weirdest creatures in the multiverse. 

    Games

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, Linux

    $3.99

    Roy Medina
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "So, I was on a journey looking for some good tower defense type of games and I came across OTTTD. It is really, really fun. I would highly recommend you check it out. I have been playing it every chance I get, it is literally that much fun. It's for iOS too."
  27. 4

    #30Idle Tower Defense

    Idle Tower Defense

    Idle Tower Defense is a tower defense game that stands out from the rest of the games in the same genre. The game negates the need for endless and needless tapping due to its active play aspect.

    Games

    Android, iOS, Online

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Mildred Hawkins
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "This is a great highly rated tower defense game for both iOS and Android. It updates frequently, and has lots of fun features -- I like that I can play this game anywhere, anytime, and come back to it when I have time to play!"
  28. 2

    #31Sanctum

    Sanctum
    Sanctum is a tower defense game developed by Cofee Stain Studios. Published by Coffee Stain Publishing, the game is a mixture of the traditional tower defense game and first person shooter game.
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $9.99

    Jacqueline Shaw
    Written on May 30, 2017
    "It is not a bad game, especially if you can get it on sale or some sort of promotion. It is a difficult game so you have to a fan of tower defense games. You can google some of the solutions to a map if you need help. Graphic and the response are very good."
  29. 0

    #32Defense of Barbarians

    Defense of Barbarians

    Defense of Barbarians is a tower defense mobile game application which is set in the 860 AD during the great war between the Barbarians and The Demon warriors. This has more than 50 different enemies with their special skills. 

    Apps

    iOS

    $0.99

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    #33Crazy Kings

    Crazy Kings

    Crazy Kings is a role-playing tower defense game developed by Animoca Brands. This iOS game features more than 500 free levels, 90 collectible cards, 18 diverse spell abilities and more. 

    Games

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Calvin Bradley
    Written on October 18, 2018
    "It reminds me of Kingdom Rush in graphics and play. it has slightly less story but tremendously more levels to play. Its free with in app purchases. I would highly recommend it!! im shocked so few people have heard about it."

Summary

Best What are the best tower defense games for iOS
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Kingdom RushGames 80 Free
2Bloons TD 5Games 64 Paid
3Plants vs Zombies 2Games 62 Free
4Fieldrunners 2Games 60 Paid
5Anomaly 2Games 59 Paid
6geoDefenseGames 58 Paid
7iBomber DefenseGames 56 Paid
87 CitiesGames 51 Paid
9Plants vs ZombiesGames 50 Free
10Defender IIGames 46 Free
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